Washington Nutritionist Certification
The Washington State Department of Health certifies dieticians and nutritionists; therefore, only those individuals who are certified in Washington as nutritionists can use the designation of “certified nutritionist” or CN.
Qualifications for Certification as a Nutritionist in Washington
Individuals who want to learn how to become a nutritionist in Washington may achieve nutritionist certification in one of two ways:
- Possess the qualifications to become a registered dietician; OR
- Receive a master’s degree or doctoral degree from a college or university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or a similar accrediting agency in one of the following subject areas:
- Human nutrition
- Nutrition education
- Foods and nutrition
- Public health nutrition
Note: There are no examination or supervised experience requirements for becoming a nutritionist when qualifying through the completion of a master’s or doctoral degree.
Becoming a certified dietician in Washington requires:
- Completing a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in one of the following major courses of study:
- Human nutrition
- Foods and nutrition
- Food systems management; AND
- Completing a pre-professional experience in dietetic practice of at least 900 hours under the supervision of a certified dietician or a registered dietician that has completed an undergraduate in dietetics
- Completing an examination for dieticians
The Application Process for Becoming a Nutritionist in Washington
In addition to completing and signing the Dietician/Nutritionist Certification Application Packet, applicants must submit an application fee of $116 and submit the following:
If qualifying for a nutritionist certificate in Washington by meeting the requirements of a dietician, applicants must provide the following to the Washington State Department of Health:
- Evidence of the completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher through official transcripts
- Official transcripts showing the completion of 900 hours of supervised practice in the field of dietetics over the course of 36 months
- Verification of a current registration status with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
If qualifying for a nutritionist certificate in Washington by completing a master’s or doctoral degree in a nutrition-related subject area, applicants must provide the following to the Washington State Department of Health:
- Official transcripts from a college or university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or by a regional or national body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Education; transcripts must include degree and date posted, and they must be received directly from the applicant’s program.
All applicants must answer a number of personal data questions, which require an appropriate explanation, and required documentation must be sent with positive answers.
The personal statement includes questions about the applicant’s:
- Chemical dependency/substance abuse
- Disciplinary actions
- Felony convictions
- History of loss of license, certification or registration
- Loss or limitations of privilege
- Physical and mental health status
- Professional liability claims history
Further, all applicants are required to complete at least 4 hours of HIV/AIDS training.
Nutritionists in Washington must renew their certification every year on or before their birthday. The cost of renewal is $86.
Job Opportunities and Salaries for Nutritionists in Washington
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nutritionists in the metropolitan area of Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington ranked eighth in the nation for the employment level of nutritionists, as of May 2013. Nutritionists in this metropolitan area earned an annual, mean salary of $65,220 during this time.
Nutritionists may find a number of job opportunities through some of Washington’s largest hospital and nursing home systems, including:
- University of Washington Medical Center
- Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
- Evergreen Health Medical Center
- Harborview Medical Center
- Providence St. Peter Hospital
- Providence Mount St. Vincent
- Carline Kline Galland Home
- Foss Home and Village
- Martha and Mary Health Service
- Royal Park Care Center
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